Clitheroe (Rail & Bus Interchange)
Clitheroe is an historic and attractive market town within the Ribble Valley with many small specialised shops. The station is situated close to the town centre and overlooked by the old castle keep. Clitheroe Castle was probably built by Roger de Lacey between 1177 and 1194, although a castle is first mentioned on site in 1102. The castle has what may be the smallest keep in the country and the view from the walkway around the keep is well worth the effort of climbing the limestone knoll where the castle perches rather precariously. Adjacent to the Castle is the Castle Museum which highlights the rich history of the area. The town itself boasts some interesting buildings and churches and there are several hostelries and restaurants for the traveller to find sustenance.
Clitheroe is situated in limestone country and the surrounding area is peppered with limestone quarries. There are beautiful walks into the Ribble and Hodder valleys (see below for rural bus links) and a favourite local walk involves climbing the broody Pendle Hill, home of the Lancashire witches, which dominates the skyline above the town. Walkers will be reward with fine views from the summit in particular up the Ribble Valley towards Ingleborough and Ribblehead.
The station at Clitheroe is part of a rural rail and bus interchange which is staffed by Lancashire County Council (see opening times below). The well trained staff are able to provide a wide range of rail and bus information, sell the full range of national rail tickets and stock details of local attractions and walks.
Local Bus information
Clitheroe Station, Railway View Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2ED
tel: 01200 429832
SD 741420 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
- Transport Interchange Office (Mon to Fri 06.45 – 17.15, Sat 08.00 – 15.30, Sun closed) providing national rail information and tickets and other public transport information
- Hourly service to Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester Victoria
- Car park (at rear of station on Chester Avenue – 30 spaces including disabled)
- Waiting area when office is open
- Waiting shelters on platforms
- Additional seating on platforms
- Secure cycle storage on car park – keys from Interchange office (a £1.50 refundable deposit is charged)
- Long Line Public Address
- Community notice and running in boards
- Bus interchange 50 yards from station – click here for bus timetables.
- Rail User Group – Ribble Valley Rail
- Friends of Stations group – RVR (contact Brian Haworth on 01254 386579)
- Clitheroe Castle and Castle Museum are 10 minutes walk from the station, click here for more information
- Annual real ale festival held in St. Mary’s Centre on Church Street
- Annual Food Festival held in the town centre
- Clitheroe Ramblers – a walking group based in the Ribble Valley
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